Lewis University will host five performances of music and plays as part of the Lewis University’s Spring 2014 Performing Arts Series. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., all performances are located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission to all events is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.
The first performance, “Sons of the Never Wrong,” features three-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from both a folk tradition and some other melodic planets. The trio is comprised of Sue Demel, Deborah Lader and Bruce Roper. For 20 years, “Sons of the Never Wrong” has been wowing their fans with their music, humor and outrageously fun live shows. The trio’s performance will be Jan. 21 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.
As the second performance of the series, the Stuart Rosenberg Ensemble will perform on Feb. 21 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. A master of the musical traditions of many lands, Stuart Rosenberg is comfortably fluent in a wide variety of vernacular styles. Leading an ensemble on violin and mandolin, he will perform traditional Klezmer, Yiddish and continental music. Rosenberg has appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor and on the stage of Symphony Center with Sir Georg Solti and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He was instrumental in the revival of traditional Klezmer music as a founder of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and has been a host and producer for WBEZ, WFMT, WNUR and WCBR, as well as spending nearly 20 years as cultural critic at large for Chicago Magazine.
Based on an audience suggestion, the Improvised Shakespeare Company (ISC) creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before the audience’s eyes. Nothing is planned out, rehearsed or written ahead of time. The characters create all of the dialogue as they go. The ISC has been performing this show in front of sold-out audiences at the world famous IO Theater for seven years. The Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner have voted the ISC the best improve group in the city. The completely improvised hour-long Shakespeare play will take place on March 11 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.
Experience the touring Indianapolis Opera Young Singers in concert for an evening of live music and culture on March 25 in the St. Charles Borromeo Center. Opera arias, Broadway standards, duets and scenes will be performed. They’ll also provide an in-depth look at the music as singers share details about opera characters.
The fifth and final performance of the series features folk singer, John Flynn who will take the stage on April 24 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. In an era of deep division, John Flynn’s songs call everyone together as they speak for the wounded, the weary and the afflicted; for the prisoner, the soldier and all the forgotten ones who walk unseen in the midst. Fusing the vision of an activist with the unblinking eye of a truth-teller, Flynn’s music speaks deeply to the heart and spirit. A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity, he evokes society’s shared humanity. The open heartedness and resonant decency of Flynn’s work have made him a staple of Phil Ochs Song Nights across the country and brought him the respect and attention of long-time heroes like Kris Kristofferson and Arlo Guthrie.
The Performing Arts Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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